McCollum Injured, Blazers Fall to Spurs 108-103
The depth of the injury is unknown, but C.J. McCollum needed his teammates help to get off the court in the third quarter.
Promises to be concern for Blazers guard @CJMcCollum, who landed hard and clutched lower left leg in pain on floor in San Antonio. Teammates helped him to the locker room.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 17, 2019
Woj also tweeted that McCollum would undergo an MRI on his left leg Sunday.
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CJ McCollum landed awkwardly on his left foot. Immediately grabbed his knee when he hit the ground. He was helped to the locker room. Blazers say he will not return, calling it a left leg injury #RipCity @KGWSports pic.twitter.com/J0kkZb5b1X
— Orlando Sanchez (@orlandokgw) March 17, 2019
Damian Lillard took it upon himself to carry the team without his backcourt-mate. In the third quarter alone, Lillard scoring 15 points.
For the game, the Blazers went ice cold at the end against San Antonio. Portland couldn’t buy a basket for nearly two and a half minutes.
Two stats really killed Portland, free throws and three point shooting.
The Blazers only had 14 attempts (they made 12), while San Antonio shot 30 and made 26. That’s a bit of a discrepancy.
In contrast, Portland shot more threes than the Spurs, and finished seven-for-28 (25 percent) from three. San Antonio didn’t make many more, but their percentage was better, eight-for-17 (47.1 percent) from deep.
Well, there is one more stat that hurt Portland: free throws.
Despite his best efforts, Lillard couldn’t will the team to victory this time. The 2019 All-Star finished with a game-high 34 points. Nurkic put in 24 points as well.
Unfortunately the Spurs just had more scoring, including seven players in double figures. The Blazers only had five players in double digits.